Design and delivery of two secondary schools as part of the South 2 Priority School Building Programme batch
Stride Treglown are working with Kier to design and deliver two secondary schools as part of the South 2 Priority School Building Programme batch. Building on our experience of other Priority school projects, we have developed solutions for each site which allow the replacement of the majority of the existing buildings whilst the school remains in operation.
Bitterne Park School is a specialist performing arts school which provides accommodation for 1800 students aged 11-18 on a sloping site in Southampton. New designs replace the existing dispersed school buildings with a three and a half storey single building arranged around a central, open, light and airy, triple height atrium space which allows the school to maintain passive supervision across all floors which is critical to their existing outstanding behaviour and achievement. The intrinsically efficient form of the building supports smooth student movement and the increased numbers of students who will be accommodated on the site.
The masterplan for the site has been developed with an emphasis on the north-south axis, which changes the orientation of the existing site, linking the upper levels of the site, existing sixth form block, sports hall and skills centre, to the lower playing fields, new school building and site entrance point. Planning approval has been received and works will start on site in October 2015 until August 2017.
At King Richard School, a similar approach has been taken to the design which will provide an outward statement of investment in the local community, and raise aspirations to support the track record of continuous improvement at the school.